February half term… an opportunity to enjoy precious time together as a family. Thanks to our Kids Go Free offer, the Isle of Wight is the perfect place for a day trip during this short but sweet winter holiday. Plus, there are plenty of family-friendly events and activities that are guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained throughout the week.
So, with this in mind, here are our top recommendations for a family getaway on the Isle of Wight this February half term:
1. Celebrate Chinese New Year at Spirit of the Orient, Robin Hill
Running from Friday, 15 until Saturday, 23 February, Robin Hill’s award-winning Electric Woods event Spirit of the Orient is one of the UK’s biggest festivals celebrating the Chinese New Year and an absolute must for families. You’ll be treated to an enchanting display of oriental-themed lighting and cultural entertainment, including mesmerising water projections, a performance of the traditional lion dance and a chance to taste delicious authentic Chinese street food.
There are plenty of opportunities for you and the kids to get stuck in. You can design your own Chinese lanterns and even go inside the 12-metre long dragon procession as it meanders its way around the park’s woodland ponds. Book your tickets from just £15.50, with free entry for children under four years old. Don’t miss out on the four person saver discount which is ideal for families!
2. Make new furry friends at West Wight Alpacas
West Wight Alpacas is open all year round and is the perfect half-term activity for animal-loving families. Set up by husband and wife duo Neil and Michelle in 2010, the farm is now home to around 60 alpacas and 13 llamas, as well as other animals such as pygmy goats and miniature donkeys. You really are spoilt for choice here, as visitors can choose to either go on a trek with the adorable animals or just watch them roam around the farm.
Entry to the farm is free for under 4s, £5 for 4-14 year olds and £7.50 for adults. Alternatively, you can pick from one of the many guided walks and activities. Try something completely different with llama agility or opt for short and long farm walks on or off the farm. There’s also an on-site bistro, The Llama Tree, which serves delicious wood-fired pizzas – the perfect foodie treat to accompany your day out.
3. Pay a visit to Dinosaur Island
The Isle of Wight was named the UK’s Dinosaur Capital by the Natural History Museum as its diverse geology contains a wealth of fossils just waiting to be found. You’ll find giant dino footprints scattered around the Island’s shores and can even take home your very own piece of history!
Dinosaur Isle, Britain’s first purpose-built dinosaur museum and visitor attraction, hosts guided fossil walks at sites of palaeontological interest on the Island – a fun and educational activity for dinosaur hunters of all ages. This half term, you can choose between two planned walks, each lasting around 1.5 hours. The Yaverland walk on Monday, 18 February takes you along the seawall from the museum to Yaverland Beach in Sandown, a famous fossil-hunting spot. On Tuesday, 19 February, you can explore Brook Bay, an unspoiled two kilometre stretch of golden sand. Tickets cost just £16.50 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 children), or individual tickets are £5 for adults and £4 for children.
4. Feel the love at Monkey Haven
No family trip to the Isle of Wight is complete without a visit to Monkey Haven (and the attraction has just won a top award from VisitEngland – the Best Told Story Accolade 2018). . From whooping gibbons and cheeky capuchins to owls, meerkats and many more exotic creatures, you’re sure to fall in love with all the centre’s residents.
This half-term the primate rescue centre will be all loved up for Love Week, a celebration of romance in the animal kingdom. Go along to enjoy heart-warming animal rescue stories, Keeper talks on romances and bromances, Keeper for the Day experiences and much more. Tickets are just £8.95 for children (aged 3-14) and £10 for adults (aged 15-60), with a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) costing £37.
With a brilliant offering of activities and events this half term, families wanting to escape for a day or two need look no further than the Isle of Wight. And, by making use of our Kids Go Free offer, a family of four can do a day trip to the Island for just £34 (based on a day return crossing as foot passengers on Monday 18th February). Or for a longer break, prices start from £88 for a family travelling by car (based on travelling out on Monday, 18 and returning on Friday, 22 February).
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